With the upcoming Batman vs. Superman all primed and ready to break fanboy hearts again, this is the period in time where a little reflection on the origins of everyone's favorite Caped Crusader is in order, if for no other reason than to gather a strong stockpile of barbs to hurl in Ben Affleck's direction once everyone sees what awful things he's done to Bruce Wayne. But, of course, while everyone is rightfully caught up in how this new Batman will fare, it's equally important to take a look at the people around Affleck. Because it's often the characters surrounding the big bad bat that ultimately tend to separate each movie from the pack. From the cheesiness of Cesar Romero's Joker to the existential doom-and-gloom of Tom Hardy's Bane, the Batman franchise has underwent a drastic series of ups-and-downs in the super villain department, which has had the most lasting effects on the franchise. Then again, the man behind the cowl can just as easily resurrect or bury an instalment in the ongoing Batman saga. (Just ask Clooney.) Some Batman movies had all the pieces in place, while others didn't seem to realize there was an actual movie being filmed.